Fee Waiver Program

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Facing economic hardship? You may be eligible for an SSAT fee waiver.

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All students deserve the chance to explore an independent school education. 

If your child is interested in independent school enrollment but you cannot pay the SSAT registration fee, you may be eligible to receive an SSAT fee waiver. To find out: 

  • Request an SSAT fee waiver from the admission office at a school to which you are applying
  • If a school provides you with an SSAT fee waiver, simply enter your fee waiver code on the SSAT registration payment page
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Scheduling the SSAT at Home

Beginning in mid-July, SSAT at Home signup will be available through the test registration process. When a parent or guardian logs into their account, they will be able to register for the SSAT at Home, then they will be directed to schedule their student's test date. Detailed information and guidelines will be provided when SSAT at Home registration opens.

Families who have already registered for a 2020 test date but have yet to take the exam due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive priority SSAT at Home scheduling. More spaces will be opening soon.

The SSAT at Home is currently only available in U.S. and Canada for Middle and Upper Level Students.

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What’s Included With an SSAT Fee Waiver

  • An SSAT fee waiver applies to the test fee only—it does not cover late fees or service fees other than those noted below. 
  • An SSAT fee waiver can be used for any computer- or paper-based SSAT. 
  • SSAT fee waivers are not available directly from EMA, the provider of the SSAT.
  • SSAT fee waivers cover the base SSAT registration fee for U.S., Canadian, and all international testing.
  • SSAT fee waivers expire on July 31 of each year. If your SSAT fee waiver has expired, you must request a new fee waiver from a school to which you are applying.
  • SSAT fee waivers also include SSAT Practice Online and Admission Academy. Please note that these services are only available after you register for the SSAT using the fee waiver.
  • Students may receive and use more than one SSAT fee waiver to test multiple times.
  • Please note: If your student is required to take the Character Skills Snapshot, you can ask the requiring school for a separate Snapshot fee waiver.

Please Support the Fee Waiver Program

EMA provides more than $2 million annually in SSAT, SAO, and Character Skills Snapshot fee waivers, in addition to our equity test kit program. We need your support to expand our fee waiver and equity programs to ensure our assessments and services are available to all students. To help us open the doors to independent schools, please consider making a tax-deductible donation at checkout when purchasing the SSAT or any other EMA service.

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